Who: Michael Blaszyk, 63
Retiring as: Executive VP and CFO of Dignity Health in San Francisco, effective at year's end, capping a 40-year career. He joined Dignity as CFO 15 years ago after holding the same position at University Hospitals in Cleveland.
On the industry's evolution: “We have gone through a tremendous amount of healthcare policy change in this nation,” with the most pronounced transformation occurring since passage of the Affordable Care Act. Dignity has changed too, he said, and the reforms have required him to focus his attention in recent years on new models of delivery and improving quality and efficiency.
Key role for providers: “As a nation, we have recognized we cannot spend 17% of GDP on healthcare. We cannot afford to have those who are either unemployed or underemployed go without health insurance, from a social-equity standpoint,” he said, emphasizing that providers need to play a leading role in reforming the system.
What's next: Blasyzk expects to continue mentoring healthcare leaders through teaching opportunities and also plans to work with Year Up, a technology and professional-training organization for young adults, as well as groups that support low-cost housing. He is also in discussions with private-equity firms and will continue to serve on corporate governing boards.